THE 1st Junior Highland Games took place at the Multipurpose Youth Centre in Katutura recently, with more than 120 children competing against each other while learning to use their growing strength in some unusual ways.
Copied from the international adult games and customised for the kids, boys and girls between the age of 6 and 14 participated in seven disciplines. I
n the ?Farmers Walk? the children had to walk rounds with two tree trunks in their hands and received different points according to the rounds they made. Other disciplines were ?Pulling the caber?, ?Putting the stone?, ?Sheaf Toss?, ?Tossing the Wellie?, ?Hill Race? and a ?Tug-O-War?.
The whole event was about having fun while keeping in mind that it is a competition. The initiator of the games was Berchtold Software Development and Training (BSDaT), who organised a Christmas Holiday Camp for about 250 children in December 2009.
Their work with the kids and the excitement it generated encouraged the organisers to continue their engagement with the people they met during the first youth project. In the following months, they hosted classes at the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre and helped set up a computer room for the kids.
Rico Lachmann, a member of BSDaT, had already participated in a few International Highland Games in Europe, when he came up with the idea of offering something similar in Namibia. After a very succesful day, the three best teams received certificates and prizes. It came as a great surprise that the strongest team overall was a girls team!
In the singles competition, the first three participants in the category for boys and girls were also honoured. The Tug-O-War counted as a competition on its own and was won by the ?Gal Levels?, with team members Jennifer Nunuhes, Romencia Mukoko, Melandri Links, Vanessa De Klerk, Meroldi Kaoper, Sophia Cloete and Tete Appollas.
Asked if there will be another edition of the Junior Highland Games in Windhoek, BSDaT said yes, since it was a big success. They could however not comment on the frequency.
The event was made possible by Rico and Susanne Lachmann, the two initiators who are supported by the Dutch Reformed Church Windhoek East, OTB Sport and Stampriet Fresh Produce, without whose support the event would not have been possible.
For more information, contact Susanne at 061 302 406 or [email protected]
, or Christa at 081 271 7038.